What we're about

Are you a variety person, or do you want to be? Do you enjoy or seek out variety? Does it seem to find you? Or maybe too much variety is making you crazy. I think variety people are people who value, allow, seek and manage variety in their lives. If you are like that, or want to be, this group might be for you.

(To see some ideas for meetups right away, jump to the bullets farther down this page.)

"Variety" is the quality or state of being different or diverse; the absence of uniformity, sameness, or monotony. A "rut" is a habit or pattern that has become dull or unproductive but is hard to change. I suspect many people feel at least parts of their lives are in somewhat of a rut. And some ways our society is organized make it hard for us to get out of ruts. A few years ago I started the Variety People site ( http://varietypeople.org ) to help people get out of ruts, as well as value, allow, seek and manage variety in their lives.

This meetup group can help variety people, and those wanting to become variety people, connect IRL (in real life) and connect more locally. It can help us meet each other, share experiences and possibly help each other with ideas, events, networking, resources and other possibilities for finding and managing variety. We might even create some sustainable variety for ourselves and others! (I think sustainability and variety reinforce each other!) In the process, we might also make our worlds more interesting and more adapted to variety people.

I hope to have at least one meetup per month, and I hope you'll contribute ideas for meetups. I've started a collaborative Quip document (also available on mobile) for collecting ideas for meetups and planning them. RSVP for our meetup called Let's Collaborate on Meetup Ideas and Planning to join the discussion and planning for meetups! Here are some of the meetup ideas so far:

• Monthly mixer. We could mix, talk, network, share variety experiences and tips, and consider options, including exploring experience swaps, developing interest lists, discussing possible meetups, and updating a shared mobile document for ongoing collaboration on meetup ideas and planning.

• LA County Museum of Art‎ (LACMA) - area exploration and mixer.

• Amateur night for performances.

• Volunteer to do something as a group.

• Variety people networking and support group.

• Job trading or sharing.

• Potluck, perform and pickup.

• Start some sustainable proximities (which help create sustainable variety) using the Shared Situation Guide (https://sharedsituations.wordpress.com/), which others can then join too.

• Dance party, with a variety of kinds of dance.

• Art swap.

• Make group art, photograph it, destroy it.

• Variety workout — some of each: yoga, dance, run, weights, others?

• Variety people speed dating.

• Events that involve some work, some collaboration, and some play.

• Fashion show - attendees are in it, and watch it!

• Attend open mic event, and maybe participate!

• Beach stroll, chat, picnic and resource sharing.

• Online meeting to discuss meetup ideas.

• Mashups of any of the above ideas.

Since this group is based on http://varietypeople.org , you can participate there too. Not only that, if you do not live in the Los Angeles area, you could use ideas from varietypeople.org and this group to start a Variety People meetup group in your own area!

I hope you'll join us!

—David Loughry

Upcoming events (4+)

Boost Variety with Proximity Thinking — In Person or Online

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Variety that Continues and Grows ...

I think sustainable variety is what makes people feel alive, excited, vital and engaged. It’s part of what makes life enjoyable. You could say it’s variety that continues and grows. It’s variety that doesn’t become static, yet isn’t so great it becomes chaotic. It’s what nature does, in many ways.

Sustainable Variety and Proximity Thinking

I don’t think sustainable variety just accidentally happens, at least on a consistent basis. I do think there are things we can do to increase our chances of it. I’ve started some projects that provide options for creating and spreading sustainable variety. Each of these projects relates in some way to the proximity thinking (ProxThink) framework I created. And using proximity thinking approaches can lead to lively thinking, living and relating. For more about sustainable variety and ProxThink-related projects, check out: https://loughry.com

Boost Sustainable Variety

I also run a Meetup group related to proximity thinking, called Proximity Thinkers LA. I’ve started a monthly meetup there called “Explore Proximity Thinking — Attend In Person or Online.” By exploring proximity thinking, you'll learn approaches for more lively thinking, living and relating, and you'll get more out of the related projects (at https://loughry.com) for creating and spreading sustainable variety. I'll also touch on sustainable variety during the 15-20 minute intro at the start of the meetup.

Attend In Person or Online

You can also join us online with a computer (Windows, Mac, Linux/Ubuntu) or mobile device (iOS, Android) including phones and tablets. See this guide for details: https://proxthinkriver.com/guide-for-attending-online-events/

No set price. Rather, please proxri ...

In pursuit of creating sustainable proximities and sustainable variety, there is no set price for this meetup. Rather, we'll use ProxRewards, also called "proxri," which are part of the proximity thinking framework and not limited to money. (See https://proxri.org for more.) We can proxri those who help us, related to the benefits (now or in the future) we gain from them as a result of this event, and/or related to our interactions with them during this event. Closer to the meetup, I'll email you more details about this.

How to RSVP

You can RSVP either here within the Variety People group, or you can also become a member of Proximity Thinkers LA and RSVP there (see link in next section). It’s up to you. If you RSVP here, I’ll include you as my guests on the Proximity Thinkers LA meetup, so that attendee count will be accurate.

If RSVPing here, see full details at link below ...

Meetup has limits on how much text I can put here. So, if you’re RSVPing here within our Variety People group (rather than via the Proximity Thinkers LA group as mentioned above), for the rest of the details about this meetup, see this link: https://www.meetup.com/ProxThinkersLA/events/krvljqyxnbhc/

Location, Parking, Check-in

WeWork is in the sky lobby of the red building at the Pacific Design Center (elevator button SL). We'll be in meeting room 7C. When you arrive at WeWork, check-in via the guest registration tablet at the front desk, as a guest of me, David Loughry. Bring a photo ID. There is nearby metered street parking for $2 per hour. If you park on the street or arrive via public transit, make sure you enter the red building, as the green and blue buildings might be locked. More about onsite parking (max $10 after 4 pm) and how to get there, can be found at this WeWork page: https://www.wework.com/buildings/pacific-design-center-red-building--los-angeles--CA

Can’t make it this month? It's a regular thing!

This is a monthly meetup. I hope to move the location in some months to other spots around the Los Angeles area. I'm also available to host it at your organization, building, event, etc.

I hope you'll join us!

—David Loughry

Variety Talk — Online Meetup

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Pull up your online chair, have a real beverage, be your variety self. Let's meetup online to talk, share, celebrate, listen, support each other, and network for new adventures and opportunities.

On the one hand, being a variety person can be amazing, fun, and enjoyable. We can share stories, experiences, successes, connections, opportunities.

On the other hand, being a variety person can be hard. You may be tugged in lots of directions, juggle diverse activities, jobs and people, and others may not "get" your diversity and complexity. We can support each other!

On the third hand (!), being a variety person may also involve knowing how. Let's share tips, techniques, resources, etc.

If you can, come ready with some of the following:

• Your Variety Backstory — Something about why you consider yourself a variety person, such as a little history, a story, or your feelings and thoughts.

• Pandemic and Your Variety — How being a variety person has made dealing with the pandemic easier and/or harder.

• Your Recommendations — Things that nourish your variety, online and/or offline.

• Your Questions — Things you'd like to ask other variety people.

• How You Might Help — Ways you might be available to help or connect with other variety people.

We'll use the Jitsi Meet online platform (https://meet.jit.si), which also has mobile apps if you prefer to join via mobile. Jitsi Meet is recommended by Meetup! The meeting link will be visible once you RSVP to this meetup. If you're joining via computer, you do NOT need a special app, as Jitsi Meet works in your browser without even signing up for an account. The fully-supported browsers are Google Chrome and Chromium (+ Edge Chromium). On mobile, the Jitsi Meet app should open when you click the meeting link. Try to join the meeting five minutes or so early to make sure everything is working for you. The meeting link will be active and live about ten minutes early.

Pull up your online chair, have a real beverage, be your variety self. See you soon!

—David Loughry

Vote on Our Monthly Adventure!

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As each month gets closer, I'll start a poll for what to do and everyone can vote. You can also propose adventures. Vote at the link below. If you're on mobile in the Meetup app, you'll be taken to a web page and you'll need to zoom in. Here's the link where you can vote: https://www.meetup.com/Variety-People-Los-Angeles/polls/

For more info about each poll choice, I'll post links here, since space in the polls is limited. Also, the date and time may shift, based on the adventure.

I can organize any one of the choices, but co-organizers could do others if enough people are interested. Interested in organizing a meetup? Let me know.

So watch this space, or start a discussion below ahead of time if you have ideas for what to do!

Thanks!
David

Let's Collaborate on Meetup Ideas and Planning (also an ongoing mobile process)

I've started a collaborative Quip document (also available on mobile) for collecting ideas for meetups and planning them. RSVP for this event, and I'll send you details about how to join the document. On the date of the meetup, we'll have an online meeting using AnyMeeting. I'll do an orientation to the Quip document, and we can discuss ideas and planning for meetups.

ATTENDANCE NOT REQUIRED! To RSVP for this meetup, you only need to want to join our collaborative document. You DON'T need to be available to attend the online meetup on the date listed.

Here are some of the ideas so far. If some meetup ideas are popular, we can repeat those events if others want to attend, or attend again! For a few of these ideas, I've written descriptions of the meetup, which you'll find under our group Pages tab (you'll only see the Pages tab when viewing the desktop version of the Meetup site). RSVP so you can join the document and conversation, to let us know your ideas!

• Monthly mixer. We could mix, talk, network, share variety experiences and tips, and consider options, including exploring experience swaps, developing interest lists, discussing possible meetups, and updating a shared mobile document for ongoing collaboration on meetup ideas and planning.

• LA County Museum of Art‎ (LACMA) - area exploration and mixer.

• Amateur night for performances.

• Volunteer to do something as a group.

• Variety people networking and support group.

• Job trading or sharing.

• Potluck, perform and pickup.

• Start some sustainable proximities (which help create sustainable variety) using the Shared Situation Guide (https://sharedsituations.wordpress.com/), which others can then join too.

• Dance party, with a variety of kinds of dance.

• Art swap.

• Make group art, photograph it, destroy it.

• Variety workout — some of each: yoga, dance, run, weights, others?

• Variety people speed dating.

• Events that involve some work, some collaboration, and some play.

• Fashion show - attendees are in it, and watch it!

• Attend open mic event, and maybe participate!

• Beach stroll, chat, picnic and resource sharing.

• Online meeting to discuss meetup ideas.

• Mashups of any of the above ideas.

Again, just RSVP for this event, and I'll send you details about how to join the collaborative and mobile Quip document. On the date of the meetup, we'll have an online meeting using AnyMeeting. I'll do an orientation to the Quip document, and we can discuss ideas and planning for meetups. As mentioned, you don't need to be able to attend the online meeting, you only need to want to join our collaborative document.

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